Embargoed seafood sold in Chinese city

Jiji Press

Seafood is sold at a market in Dandong in China’s Liaoning Province on Sunday.

Jiji Press DANDONG, China (Jiji Press) — In the northeastern China city of Dandong, Liaoning Province, which borders North Korea over the Yalu River, seafood products from the reclusive country continue to be sold despite a U.N. Security Council sanctions resolution against Pyongyang that was adopted in early August.

The resolution, including a total ban on North Korea’s seafood exports, was adopted in response to its launches of two intercontinental ballistic missiles in July.

Accordingly, China stopped importing North Korean seafood on Aug. 15. In the city of Hunchun, Jilin Province, also northeastern China, Chinese trucks loaded with seafood from North Korea were blocked by customs authorities there and were unable to return home.

But a man in his 40s who works at a fresh food market in Dandong told Jiji Press on Sunday, “We still sell North Korean shellfish and crabs.” He noted that he feels “some impact” from the sanctions as prices rose on supply shortages in the past week. His shop procures items it sells in Donggang, also in Liaoning and located at the mouth of the Yalu River.

At least three other shops in Dandong admitted that they sell products, including shellfish, from North Korea.

Also in the city, frozen sea cucumbers from North Korea were piled up at a souvenir shop. Procured about a month ago, they are a high-end product selling for 50 yuan, or about ¥830, apiece, according to a female worker.

“It’s popular, with some customers each buying dozens of the product,” she said, adding, “We’re all right because we have a supply route bypassing the sanctions.”

Meanwhile, there is a tense atmosphere in a military-controlled district in a farming area about 30 minutes’ drive from Dandong’s city center. Oil storage tanks are lined up in the district, and tank cars are on nearby railway tracks.

An oil pipeline is laid about 30 kilometers from the area to the North Korean city of Sinuiju on the opposite side of the Yalu River, according to the website of a related company.

Some 520,000 tons of crude oil transported by rail from the Daqing oil field in the northeastern China province of Heilongjiang is exported to North Korea a year through the pipeline, which went into operation in 1975.

Security around the area was tightened recently, after a foreign media organization shot images of the oil facilities.Speech

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